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ZurdoDev wrote:
Back in the earlier part of the 1900s the US government encouraged people to own chickens and to plant gardens
Maybe offtracking a little bit, but I choose to risk it:

We have (and really have) an American employee: I happened to mention poultry farming, and he was very eager about it: That's simple, and provides great food at at low cost! ... He had a lot of practical advice on how to do it.

He is still working for us, after returning to USA to take care of his sick mother. After he left, I heard that when he was here, he regularly transferred most of his pay to his mother to cover her health expenses. The reason why he knew so much about poultry farming was that his family had been all dependent on their own poultry, not to starve. Yet, they were able to send one son to college to get a education, making him a top rate professional allowing him to go abroad to become a highly valued expert in his field. I guess that the family's sacrifices were great, to say the least.

A few years ago, the children's book Susan Patron: The Higher Power of Lucky[^] was awarded the Newbury Medal (awarded by the American Libary Association). The book is great, and funny! Read it! ... The society described is so poor, economically, that I wrote to the author asking how realistic the story is. She returned a very friendly response, confirming that in parts of the USA, daily life is most certainly at this level, in material "wealth". I started looking up the statistics of average family income in that area (semi-desert areas at the west coast, with a large native population) and realized that it was most certainly true.

Maybe it is not just in semi-desert and native areas. I spent a year in the Midwest as an exchange student, arriving from a rich, everybody-equal country. To some degeree, I "saw what I expected to see". Later, it struck me that at that time, I didn't really understand how much my host family sacrified in opening their home to exchange students (they had been host families for many years). They didn't take me in as a family member because they had resources to waste, but because they honestly wanted to share whatever they had got. It would be wrong to call them "poor", yet they were certainly not well-to-do - they were far from that!

When the US is promoted internationally, you may easily get the impression that everybody in the US are rich and successful. Poverty is so limited that you can ignore it. Today, slum has been eradicated ... Not! There is poverty, but US culture pushes strongly hide it, build a shield of make-pretend wealth. There is slum, but the successful world steers you away from it.

People in the US still have their hens in the backyard and grow vegetables in their back yard, not as a pleasant hobby but as their way to survive.
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